Abyssinian Black Wheatear

abyssinian wheater, Oenanthe lugubris, traquet d'abyssinie, collalba de shallow,  shallow's wheatear, Nicolas urlacher, birds of africa, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya
Names, conservation status and distribution
juvenile abyssinian wheater, Oenanthe lugubris, traquet d'abyssinie, collalba de shallow,  shallow's wheatear, Nicolas urlacher, birds of africa, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya
Juvenile / Champagne Ridge, Kajiado
abyssinian wheater, Oenanthe lugubris, traquet d'abyssinie, collalba de shallow,  shallow's wheatear, Nicolas urlacher, birds of africa, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya
Lake Naivasha

abyssinian wheater, Oenanthe lugubris, traquet d'abyssinie, collalba de shallow,  shallow's wheatear, Nicolas urlacher, birds of africa, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary
juvenile abyssinian wheater, Oenanthe lugubris, traquet d'abyssinie, collalba de shallow,  shallow's wheatear, Nicolas urlacher, birds of africa, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya
Juvenile / Champagne Ridge, Kajiado
juvenile abyssinian wheater, Oenanthe lugubris, traquet d'abyssinie, collalba de shallow,  shallow's wheatear, Nicolas urlacher, birds of africa, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya
Juvenile / Champagne Ridge, Kajiado
juvenile abyssinian wheater, Oenanthe lugubris, traquet d'abyssinie, collalba de shallow,  shallow's wheatear, Nicolas urlacher, birds of africa, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya
Juvenile / Champagne Ridge, Kajiado
abyssinian wheater, Oenanthe lugubris, traquet d'abyssinie, collalba de shallow,  shallow's wheatear, Nicolas urlacher, birds of africa, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary

abyssinian wheater, Oenanthe lugubris, traquet d'abyssinie, collalba de shallow,  shallow's wheatear, Nicolas urlacher, birds of africa, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary
juvenile abyssinian wheater, Oenanthe lugubris, traquet d'abyssinie, collalba de shallow,  shallow's wheatear, Nicolas urlacher, birds of africa, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya
Juvenile / Champagne Ridge, Kajiado
abyssinian wheater, Oenanthe lugubris, traquet d'abyssinie, collalba de shallow,  shallow's wheatear, Nicolas urlacher, birds of africa, birds of kenya, wildlife of kenya
Crater Lake Game Sanctuary

The Abyssinian Black Wheatear was recently removed from the thrush family and placed into the Old World flycatcher & chat family.

The abyssinian wheatear feeds mainly on ants. Takes also beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies and other insects. Undertakes bound-and-grab manoeuvres to catch prey, also sallying in air after flying insects and by flying down onto prey from low perch. Breeding October to July in Kenya (with a possible peak in March). Double-brooded. The nest is a loose flat cup made by dry grass, stems and roots. It's placed in a hole deep in the rock, a cliff, a bank or a wall, also in rodent hole. Lays 1 to 3 eggs.